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Russian monopoly chief announces huge Eurasian transport corridor plans

Europe and Asia should be connected via a multifaceted transport corridor which is bound to give a fresh impetus to global economy and possibly pull the world out of the economic crisis, President of the Russian Railways monopoly (RZD), Doctor of Political Sciences Vladimir Yakunin said while presenting the major project at the Russian Academy of Sciences.

The project suggests a Trans-Eurasian Development Belt that would include not only railway lines but also oil, gas and water pipelines, electric lines and all kinds of communication from the Pacific to the Atlantic. The venture can call into existence 10-15 new industries, new cities and a huge number of jobs and promote the development of Siberia and Russian Far East, said Yakunin.

According to Yakunin, the realization of such large international projects can lend the global economy new quality and even pull the world out of the economic crisis. The project's supertask is "to develop Russia as a nucleus of civilization" as well as areas from the Pacific to the Atlantic integrated with Russia.

Yakunin admitted the grand project's costs would certainly come up to trillion of rubles but believes the belt should bear fruit. He hopes the GDP will grow.

The project is co-authored by the Director of Institute of Socio-Political Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences Gennady Osipov and rector of Lomonosov Moscow State University Viktor Sadovnichy.

This is going to be an international project with the participation of any country willing to partake. One of the speakers, Director of Center of Central Russian and Central Asian Studies at the Shanghai Academy of International Studies told the meeting about plans to link the Development Belt to the Silk Road economic belt.

[Source: Ria Novosti, Moscow, 11Mar14]

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